Green Event Guide

Do More, Use Less - Your Guide to Hosting Green Events


Planning a fantastic event? Make sure you keep it green by following these sustainable tips and alternatives so your events leave a lasting impact on your attendees and not on the planet.


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Minimize travel time and make sure it’s accessible by public transit or on foot. Consider using virtual meetings to reduce unnecessary travel and increase accessibility. 

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Avoid paper waste with sending invites through social media, eventbrite, or email.

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Activities and Prizes

Avoid giveaways that will end up in the trash. Consider gifting experiences as prizes.

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Only order the necessary amount of food to reduce potential waste, and work with the Office of Sustainability to compost waste. Request composting services at your event.

The GW Office of Sustainability follows the principles of Greener by Default when hosting events. Offering plant-based meals as the default can reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to food up to 40%, and promotes inclusivity for people with a variety of dietary needs.


Need additional resources? The Office of Sustainability has a more detailed checklist for event planners, and information to help you join GW's commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from campus during your events.